Top Fitness Trade Shows & Expos to Attend in 2020

Best Fitness Trade Shows to Attend in 2020

The Best Fitness Trade Shows & Expos to Attend in 2020

We’ve put together the very best trade shows available worldwide for fitness pros. Pro Tip: these are the events you need to add to your calendar now!

Why All Fitness Pros Should Attend At Least One Fitness Trade Show a Year

Fitness trade shows provide the perfect opportunity to stay current and informed in the industry. There are brand new product releases to see, live demos, hands-on experiences, a lot of free merch, and a tremendous amount of networking opportunities. For anyone whose business involves fitness, chances are there’s a great trade show happening soon.

  • New Products: test innovative gear and accessories specific to your industry.
  • Special Offers: get great deals straight from vendors.
  • Live Demos/Hands-On Learning Labs: the perfect opportunity to learn a new skill with experts walking you through activities. 
  • Networking Opportunities: grow your network, make vital connections, and get noticed by being a networking ace (just remember to bring lots of business cards).

Ways to choose the right fitness trade show for your needs

With so many great fitness shows coming up in 2020, choosing the best trade show for your specific needs might seem daunting. As a professional, you need to learn to prioritize spending to maximize the positive impact to your bottom line. When you go to a trade show, this is an investment in your business so you need to make sure you get a great return for that. 

What to expect at a fitness trade show

Trade shows will offer wall-to-wall activities throughout the event but also usually reserve downtime for better one on one networking opportunities. At a trade show you will see sometimes hundreds of different vendors - from product manufacturers, professionals demonstrating new products, classes, seminars, networking events, and more. Remember, when you go to a trade show, this is an investment in your business so you need to make sure you get a great return for that. 

Here are three tips to get the best bang for your buck at your next fitness trade show:

  1. Float the room - make sure to spend just a few minutes with everyone as you strategize making it around the event. If there are key people in attendance that you want to meet, prioritize networking with these individuals first.
  2. Bring cards - the humble business card is still the best way to quickly provide other professionals with a means to contact you and/or check out your services. Make sure to bring a large stack so you don’t run out.
  3. Learn something new - use the event to add knowledge that contributes to you being able to offer a new service or advanced technique. 

2020 Calendar of Fitness Events, Expos, & Trade Shows


January Events

Coaches Conference

Next College Student Athlete helps connect student-athletes in high school connect with college recruiters. This conference is just for sports coaches, helping them be better equipped in searching for high caliber recruits.

When: January 8-10

Organization: NCSA

Where: San Antonion, TX

Cost: $205-$520

Website: NCSA

Mind Body Fitness Conference

Called “immersion gatherings” these multi-day conferences give lots of opportunities to dive into different aspects of yoga practice. Take classes, try a variety of styles, learn new techniques, share ideas, and meet a lot of fellow yogis.

When: January8-12

Organization:Yoga Fit

Where: Palm Springs, CA

Cost: Varies

Website: Yoga Fit

Fitness Fest at The Fit Expo

TheFitExpo is family-friendly and brings together a ton of different fitness genres. Everything from weightlifting to jiu-jitsu will be represented. Classes, products, services, demos, and competitions are all part of the event.

When: January25-26

Organization: Fitness Fest

Where: Los Angeles, CA

Cost: Varies

Website: Fit Expo

Personal Trainer Workshop

The National Council on Strength and Fitness offers interactive workshops which act as a 2-day weekend seminar. Loads of information, hands-on learning, and interactive participation help you maintain the knowledge needed for certification.

When: January 25-26

Organization: NCSF

Where: New York, NY & Miami, FL

Cost: Varies

Website: NCSF

February Events

Mind Body Fitness Conference

Called “immersion gatherings” these multi-day conferences give lots of opportunities to dive into different aspects of yoga practice. Take classes, try a variety of styles, learn new techniques, share ideas, and meet a lot of fellow yogis.

When: February 5-9

Organization: Yoga Fit

Where: Alexandria, VA

Cost: Varies

Website: Yoga Fit

Medfit tours Southern California

Great educational and as well as nonprofit event working to raise money for “MedFit TV” an effort to bring free health education to the community. The event is led by fitness and health industry experts.

When: February 6-8

Organization:MedFit Network

Where: Irvine, CA

Cost: $229-$279

Website:​ MedFit Network

Personal Trainer Workshop

The National Council on Strength and Fitness offers interactive workshops which act as a 2-day weekend seminar. Loads of information, hands-on learning, and interactive participation help you acquire/maintain the knowledge needed for CPT certification.

When: February 8-9, February 22-23, February 29-March 1

Organization: NCSF

Where: Varies

Cost: Varies

Website: NCSF

DC MANIA

SCW is an educational organization. This event provides fitness pros with continuing education, 150 different sessions, 60 different presenters, hands-on experience, and great networking opportunities.

When: February 28-March 1

Organization: SCW

Where: Herndon, VA

Cost: $259 ($199 with Discount Code: PFP)

Website:​SCW

March Events

Personal Trainer Institute

More than 100 hands-on sessions to choose from, seminars from industry experts, discover new products, and connecting with other professionals are listed as the main benefits of this four-day event.

When: March 5-8

Organization: IDEA

Where: Alexandria, VA

Cost: $419-$489

Website: IDEA

Merrithew Mindful Movement Symposium

Held at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, this event is a creative area and performance space for some of the best artists from around the world. Courses, new products, and demos from leading names will abound.

When: March 6-8

Organization: Merrithew

Where: New York, NY

Cost: Varies

Website: Merrithew

"One World” Fitness Certification & Education Conference

Conferences provide attendees AAAI/ISMA, ACE, AFAA, AEA, & IFTA CEUs needed for renewal.  

When: March 6-8

Organization:AAAI/ISMA

Where: Colorado Springs, CO

Cost: Varies

Website: AAAI/ISMA

Personal Trainer Workshop

The National Council on Strength and Fitness offers interactive workshops which act as a 2-day weekend seminar. Loads of information, hands-on learning, and interactive participation help you acquire/maintain the knowledge needed for CPT certification. 

When: March 7-8, March 14-15, March 21-22, March 28-29

Organization: NCSF

Where: Varies

Cost: Varies

Website: NCSF

MIND BODY FITNESS CONFERENCE

Called “immersion gatherings” these multi-day conferences give lots of opportunities to dive into different aspects of yoga practice. Take classes, try a variety of styles, learn new techniques, share ideas, and meet a lot of fellow yogis.

When: March 11-15

Organization: Yoga Fit

Where: Skokie, IL

Cost: Varies

Website: Yoga Fit

RISE Nashville 2020

Labeled as the “must-attend mega-conference for professionals”, this event is designed especially for stakeholders in the healthcare industry.

When: March 15-17

Organization: RISE

Where: Nashville, TN

Cost: Varies

Website: RISE

IHRSA 2020 International Convention & Trade Show

Four keynote speakers, over 100 educational seminars, the chance to try new gear and accessories, and tons of networking events await attendees of this International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association event.

When: March 18-21

Organization:IHRSA

Where: San Diego, CA

Cost:  $775 - $1,175 (Use Code PFPSD for free trade show admission)

Website: IHRSA

California MANIA

SCW is an educational organization. This event provides fitness pros with continuing education, 150 different sessions, 60 different presenters, hands-on experience, and great networking opportunities.

When: March 27-29

Organization:SCW

Where: Burlingame, CA

Cost: $259 ($199 with Discount Code PFP)

Website: SCW

Pilates on Tour 2020 - Studio Tour

CE conference for Pilates pros. Features classes on new exercises, group techniques, teaching skills, business skills, and of course, networking with other pros, vendors, and manufacturers.

When: March 28-29

Organization: Balanced Body

Where: Mountain View, CA

Cost: Varies

Website: Balanced Body

April Events

Pilates on Tour 2020 - Rehab Summit

CE conference for Pilates pros. Features classes on new exercises, group techniques, teaching skills, business skills, and of course, networking with other pros, vendors, and manufacturers

When: April 3-5

Organization: Balanced Body

Where: Phoenix, AZ

Cost: Varies

Website: Balanced Body

PERSONAL TRAINER WORKSHOP

The National Council on Strength and Fitness offers interactive workshops which act as a 2-day weekend seminar. Loads of information, hands-on learning, and interactive participation help you acquire/maintain the knowledge needed for CPT certification. 

When: April 4-5

Organization: NCSF

Where: New York, NY

Cost: Varies

Website: NCSF

MIND BODY FITNESS CONFERENCE

Called “immersion gatherings” these multi-day conferences give lots of opportunities to dive into different aspects of yoga practice. Take classes, try a variety of styles, learn new techniques, share ideas, and meet a lot of fellow yogis.

When: April 15-19

Organization: Yoga Fit

Where: Pittsburgh, PA

Cost: Varies

Website: Yoga Fit

Fitness Fest Conference and Expo

Great range of fitness pros and enthusiasts ready to showcase the latest products, gear, accessories, software, business tips, and more.

When: April 16-19  

Organization: Fitness Fest

Where: Mesa, AZ

Cost: Varies

Website: Fitness Fest

PILATES ON TOUR 2020 

CE conference for Pilates pros. Features classes on new exercises, group techniques, teaching skills, business skills, and of course, networking with other pros, vendors, and manufacturers

When: April 17-19

Organization: Balanced BodyWhere: London, UK

Cost:  Varies

Website: Balanced Body

Medical Fitness Tour at SUCCEED!

Great educational and as well as nonprofit event working to raise money for “MedFit TV” an effort to bring free health education to the community. Event led by fitness and health industry experts.

When: April 30  

Organization: MedFit Network

Where: Irvine, CA

Cost: $199

Website: MedFit Network

Association of Fitness Studios Annual Business Convention/Expo

Great educational and as well as nonprofit event working to raise money for “MedFit TV” an effort to bring free health education to the community. Event led by fitness and health industry experts.

When: April 30-May 3 

Organization: MedFit Network

Where: Irvine, CA

Cost: $199

Website: MedFit Network

May Events

Florida MANIA

SCW is an educational organization. This event provides fitness pros with continuing education, 150 different sessions, 60 different presenters, hands-on experience, and great networking opportunities.

When: May 15-17

Organization: SCW

Where: Orlando, FL

Cost: $259 ($199 with Discount Code PFP)

Website: SCW

MIND BODY FITNESS CONFERENCE

Called “immersion gatherings” these multi-day conferences give lots of opportunities to dive into different aspects of yoga practice. Take classes, try a variety of styles, learn new techniques, share ideas, and meet a lot of fellow yogis.

When: May 27-31

Organization: Yoga Fit

Where: Minneapolis, MN

Cost: Varies

Website: Yoga Fit

June Events

Functional Aging Summit

FAI Summit has grown. This year the event will have Keynote speakers, breakout tracks, conference lectures, hands-on training and more.

When: June 5-6

Organization:Functional Aging Institute

Where: Denver, CO

Cost: $299 (Use discount code PFP100)

Website: Functional Aging Institute

"ONE WORLD” FITNESS CERTIFICATION & EDUCATION CONFERENCE

Conferences provide attendees AAAI/ISMA, ACE, AFAA, AEA, & IFTA CEUs needed for renewal.  

When: June 5-7

Organization: AAAI/ISMA

Where: Atlantic City, NJ

Cost: Varies

Website: AAAI/ISMA

PILATES ON TOUR 2020 

CE conference for Pilates pros. Features classes on new exercises, group techniques, teaching skills, business skills, and of course, networking with other pros, vendors, and manufacturers

When: June 19-21

Organization: Balanced Body

Where: Seoul, South Korea

Cost: Varies

Website: Balanced Body

Fitness Fest Conference at The Fit Expo

Fitexpo is family-friendly and brings together a ton of different fitness genres. Everything from weightlifting to jiu-jitsu will be represented. Classes, products, services, demos, and competitions are all part of the event.

When: June 27-28  

Organization: Fitness Fest

Where: San Jose, CA

Cost: Varies

Website: TheFitExpo

July Events

Medical Fitness Tour at IDEA World

FAI Summit has grown. This year the event will have Keynote speakers, breakout tracks, conference lectures, hands-on training and more.

When: July 8th

Organization: MedFit Network

Where: Anaheim, CA

Cost: $179-$219

Website: MedFit Network

MIND BODY FITNESS CONFERENCE

Called “immersion gatherings” these multi-day conferences give lots of opportunities to dive into different aspects of yoga practice. Take classes, try a variety of styles, learn new techniques, share ideas, and meet a lot of fellow yogis.

When: July 8-12

Organization: Yoga Fit

Where: Scottsdale, AZ

Cost: Varies

Website: Yoga Fit

IDEA World Convention

The 4-day immersive event that provides tools, techniques, and inspiration to person trainers, gym owners, and others in the health and wellness fields.

When: July 8-12

Organization: IDEA

Where: Anaheim, CA

Cost: $399-$599

Website: IDEA

SHINE

4-day event for fitness, wellness, and nutrition social influencers. Seminars, group discussions, workshops, networks, and great opportunities with new products.

When: July 9-12

Organization: IDEA

Where: Anaheim, CA

Cost: Varies

Website: IDEA

IDEA World Club and Studio Summit

The 4-day immersive event that provides tools, techniques, and inspiration to person trainers, gym owners, and others in the health and wellness fields.

When: July 9-12

Organization: IDEA

Where: Anaheim, CA

Cost: $399-$599

Website: IDEA

NSCA National Conference

TheNational Strength and Conditioning Association puts on this conference offering great opportunities to learn from industry experts and test the newest gear and accessories available.

When: July 8-11

Organization: NSCA

Where: Las Vegas, NV

Cost: Varies

Website: NSCA

Pilates on Tour 2020

CE conference for Pilates pros. Features classes on new exercises, group techniques, teaching skills, business skills, and of course, networking with other pros, vendors, and manufacturers.

When: July 17-19

Organization: Balanced Body

Where: Miami, FL

Cost: Varies

Website: Pilates on Tour 2020

Atlanta MANIA

SCW is an educational organization. This event provides fitness pros with continuing education, 150 different sessions, 60 different presenters, hands-on experience, and great networking opportunities.

When: July 24-26

Organization: SCW

Where: Atlanta, GA

Cost: $259 ($199 with Discount Code PFP)

Website: SCW

August Events

DCAC Fitness Education Conference and Trade Show

DCAC is a professional fitness conference provider. This standby will feature hundreds of different vendor reps, classes, expert teachers, and networking opportunities

When: August 7-9

Organization: DCAC

Where: Reston, VA

Cost: $99-$199

Website: DCAC

MIND BODY FITNESS CONFERENCE

Called “immersion gatherings” these multi-day conferences give lots of opportunities to dive into different aspects of yoga practice. Take classes, try a variety of styles, learn new techniques, share ideas, and meet a lot of fellow yogis.

When: August 12-16

Organization: Yoga Fit

Where: Woburn, MA

Cost: Varies

Website: Yoga Fit

canfitpro 2020

One of the biggest events north of the border, canfitpro offers a tremendous opportunity to meet and greet with the absolute leaders in health and wellness. Fill your swag bag, learn something new, meet new contacts, and more at this 4-day event.

When: August 12-16

Organization: canfitpro

Where: Toronto, Canada

Cost: Varies

Website: Yoga Fit

“One World” Fitness Certification & Education Conference

Conferences provide attendees AAAI/ISMA, ACE, AFAA, AEA, & IFTA CEUs needed for renewal.

When: August 14-16

Organization: AAAI/ISMA

Where: Cape Cod, MA

Cost: $129-$219

Website: AAAI/ISMA

Fitness Fest at TheFitExpo

Fitexpo is family-friendly and brings together a ton of different fitness genres. Everything from weightlifting to jiu-jitsu will be represented. Classes, products, services, demos, and competitions are all part of the event.

When: August 15-16

Organization: Fitness Fest

Where: Anaheim, CA

Cost: Varies

Website: TheFitExpo

Tactical Annual Training

Fitexpo is family-friendly and brings together a ton of different fitness genres. Everything from weightlifting to jiu-jitsu will be represented. Classes, products, services, demos, and competitions are all part of the event.

When: August 25-28

Organization: NSCA

Where: Las Vegas, NV

Cost: Varies

Website: NSCA

Tactical Annual Training

The National Strength and Conditioning Association puts on this conference offering great opportunities to learn from industry experts and test the newest gear and accessories available.

When: August 25-28

Organization: NSCA

Where: Las Vegas, NV

Cost: Varies

Website: NSCA

Dallas MANIA

SCW is an educational organization. This event provides fitness pros with continuing education, 150 different sessions, 60 different presenters, hands-on experience, and great networking opportunities.

When: August 21-23

Organization: SCW

Where: Dallas, TX

Cost: $259 ($199 with Discount Code PFP)

Website: SCW

BOLD Conference

Presentations, instructions, and gear and accessories demos and giveaways from the very best names in health and wellness.

When: August 25-27

Organization: MINDBODY

Where: New York, NY

Cost: $499+

Website: MINDBODY

Pilates on Tour 2020

CE conference for Pilates pros. Features classes on new exercises, group techniques, teaching skills, business skills, and of course, networking with other pros, vendors, and manufacturers.

When:  August 28-29

Organization: Balanced Body

Where: Sydney, Australia

Cost: Varies

Website: Balanced Body

September Events

Pilates on Tour 2020 - Studio Tour

CE conference for Pilates pros. Features classes on new exercises, group techniques, teaching skills, business skills, and of course, networking with other pros, vendors, and manufacturers. 

When: September 11-12

Organization: Balanced Body

Where: Shanghai, China

Cost: Varies

Website: Balanced Body

Philadelphia MANIA

SCW is an educational organization. This event provides fitness pros with continuing education, 150 different sessions, 60 different presenters, hands-on experience, and great networking opportunities.

When: September 11-13

Organization: SCW

Where: Philadelphia, PA

Cost: $259 ($199 with Discount Code PFP)

Website: SCW

Mind Body Fitness Conference

Called “immersion gatherings” these multi-day conferences give lots of opportunities to dive into different aspects of yoga practice. Take classes, try a variety of styles, learn new techniques, share ideas, and meet a lot of fellow yogis.

When: September 16-20

Organization: Yoga Fit

Where: Houston, TX

Cost: Varies

Website: Yoga Fit

NASM and AFAA Optima 2020

National Association of Sports Medicine puts on this highly educational conference in conjunction with the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America. There will be loads of great seminars and learning opportunities at this conference.

When: September 24-27

Organization: NASM

Where: Phoenix, AZ

Cost: Varies

Website: NASM

October Events

“One World” Fitness Certification & Education Conference

Conferences provide attendees AAAI/ISMA, ACE, AFAA, AEA, & IFTA CEUs needed for renewal.

When: October 2-4

Organization: AAAI/ISMA

Where: Baltimore, MD

Cost: Varies

Website: AAAI/ISMA

Midwest MANIA

SCW is an educational organization. This event provides fitness pros with continuing education, 150 different sessions, 60 different presenters, hands-on experience, and great networking opportunities.

When: October 2-4

Organization: SCW

Where: Rosemont, IL

Cost: $259 ($199 with Discount Code PFP)

Website: SCW

PILATES ON TOUR 2020 

CE conference for Pilates pros. Features classes on new exercises, group techniques, teaching skills, business skills, and of course, networking with other pros, vendors, and manufacturers.

When:  October 3-4

Organization: Balanced Body

Where: Pittsburgh, PA

Cost: Varies

Website: Balanced Body

MIND BODY FITNESS CONFERENCE

Called “immersion gatherings” these multi-day conferences give lots of opportunities to dive into different aspects of yoga practice. Take classes, try a variety of styles, learn new techniques, share ideas, and meet a lot of fellow yogis.

When: October 7-11

Organization: Yoga Fit

Where: Alexandria, VA

Cost: Varies

Website: Yoga Fit

Club Industry 2020

Products, technology, equipment, speakers and more all for the business of fitness.

When: October 14-16

Organization: Club Industry

Where: St. Louis, MO

Cost: Varies

Website: Club Industry

PILATES ON TOUR 2020 

CE conference for Pilates pros. Features classes on new exercises, group techniques, teaching skills, business skills, and of course, networking with other pros, vendors, and manufacturers.

When:  October 16-18

Organization: Balanced Body

Where: Chicago, IL

Cost: Varies

Website: Balanced Body

Coaching for Movement Mastery: Primal Pattern Analysis for Fitness Professionals

When: October 17th

Organization: Excel Wellness Studio

Where: Overland Park, KS

Cost: $229-$279

Website: Excel Wellness Studio

ICAA Conference, Leadership Summit, and Expo 2020

The International Council on Active Aging puts on this interactive conference helping pros in the industry learn and grow together with seminars, education, products, and more.

When: October 26-29

Organization: ICAA

Where: Long Beach, CA

Cost: $419-$599

Website: ICAA

November Events

AB Show

Solution-focused event for all of those in athletics, fitness, recreation, and even the military. Education sessions and tons of exhibiting companies.

When: November 3-6

Organization: Athletic Business

Where: Baltimore, MD

Cost: Varies

Website: Athletic Business

FIBO USA 2020

Industry summit and education program with the air of a fitness festival. Emphasis on experience-learning.

When: November 4-7

Organization: FIBO Global Fitness

Where: Miami Beach, FL

Cost: Varies

Website: FIBO Global Fitness

Mind Body Fitness Conference

Called “immersion gatherings” these multi-day conferences give lots of opportunities to dive into different aspects of yoga practice. Take classes, try a variety of styles, learn new techniques, share ideas, and meet a lot of fellow yogis.

When: November 4-8

Organization: Yoga Fit

Where: Spokane, WA

Cost: Varies

Website: Yoga Fit

Fitness Fest at TheFitExpo

Fitexpo is family-friendly and brings together a ton of different fitness genres. Everything from weightlifting to jiu-jitsu will be represented. Classes, products, services, demos, and competitions are all part of the event.

When: November 14-15

Organization: Fitness Fest

Where: San Diego, CA

Cost: Varies

Website: Fit Expo

December Events

Pilates on Tour 2020

CE conference for Pilates pros. Features classes on new exercises, group techniques, teaching skills, business skills, and of course, networking with other pros, vendors, and manufacturers.

When: December 11-13

Organization: Balanced Body

Where: Venice, Italy

Cost: Varies

Website: Balanced Body

Boston MANIA

SCW is an educational organization. This event provides fitness pros with continuing education, 150 different sessions, 60 different presenters, hands-on experience, and great networking opportunities.

When: December 11-13

Organization: SCW

Where: Boston, MA

Cost: $259 ($199 with Discount Code PFP)

Website: SCW

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